Ascent of Pica da Vara on 2018-08-15
|Others in Party:||Denise Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 15, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Pica da Vara|
| Elevation:||3619 ft / 1103 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe HP of Sao Miguel island iS on its eastern side. You are supposed to get a permit as this is the breeding ground of the rare Azores bullfinch. Permits are free ( one per group) and can be applied for in advance via http://servicos-sraa.azores.gov.pt/doit/mdls/fill.asp?id_modelo=1451 . I received an instant permit by e mail. At the trailhead there is no indication a permit is needed. This is a popular walk.
Approach from North, turning off main coastal road at Algarvia, just east of coastal town of Achada. Follow gravel track uphill ( OK for 2WD) c 4 km to small parking area at 675m and signposted trailhead with map ( see Azores trails website re Pico da Vara trail PRC7SMI http://trails.visitazores.com/en ).
The 3.5KM path to the summit is easy to follow and a little steep in places, with mud/ gravel/ some steps underfoot. It takes you south to the ridge through Japanese Cedar and then east along a grassy ridge, with a small amount of descent and reascent. There is a trig at the summit with good views. Return the same way.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
some swirling cloud
| Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.5 km|
| Route:||Standard -route 7|
| Start Trailhead:||675 |
| Time:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours |
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